Torrential downpour sacks Delta community
By Ovedhe Hezekiah
The people of Aradhe in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State are counting their lost following the torrential flooding that has sacked indigenes from the community destroying farmlands and properties worth millions of naira.
According to sources in Aradhe, the unabated rainfall which lasted for three days render many people homeless in the community.
Counting their losses, some of the residents whose houses where submerged by flood said, “The reason why the floods submerged some parts of the community whenever it rains is as a result of drainages or water channels that are not in the community.
According to one of the resident, Mrs Rachael Ikelegbe while counting her lost said; “As you can see no way for the water to flow down to the stream in the whole community and we have lost so many of our goods to this flood.
“My garri and other foods are wet. I and my children couldn’t sleep all throughout the past night due to the flood.”
“We are appealing to the state and local government authorities to come to our aids by constructing drains and water channels across the various street in the community.
“You can see that from the beginning of the community down to the end, there are no drains or water channels. So how can the water flow? If we have drains and water channels in our streets and along our roads. We can always clear it, in order to avert the flood.”
In the same vein, Comrade Ovie Umuakpo, President of Isoko National Youth Assembly, INYA, attributed the unabated rain falls to absence of drainage system in the community.
“The Community desperately needs drainage system to forestall future occurrence.
“I hereby call on the Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, Sen. James Manager, the Honourable Member representing Isoko Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Leo Ogor and the member representing Isoko North Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Tim Owhefere to insert Aradhe drainage system into the National and State budgets to help our people.”